Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha
will soon change his title from Mr to Doctor as he is going to be honoured with a doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Free State in June this year.
The veteran actor who has been in the arts industry for more than 20 years said that he is honoured to be recognised by such a reputable university.
“Because it’s a reputable university, I know it’s not a favour, it is something well deserved,” said the 62-year-old.
"I feel affirmed. I feel honoured and I feel recognised.”he added.
The E-TV Scandal actor follows the footsteps of other artists like Letta Mbuli, Caiphus Semenya and John Kani
amongst others who have also been honoured by local universities with doctorate degrees.
Dr. John Kani who is also a friend to Mofokeng Makhetha congratulated him and said that the veteran actor deserves the doctorate degree as he has contributed a lot in the filming industry in South Africa and beyond.
Known for his controversial character of Neo Mokheti
or Bra Moscowin on E-TV Scandal!, Jerry has managed to draw so much attention from the fans of the SA Film and Television Awards (SAFTA )
He has appeared in several big and small screen productions that include Soul City, Yizo Yizo, Isidingo, Tsotsi, Lobola, Four Corners and many more.He also has appeared in many stage plays.
Not only does Makhetha inspire many young people who are in the art industry to pursue their dreams but he has managed to motivate his own son Lerato Makhetha
who is now an actor on Isidingo.
Jerry Mofokeng graduated from Wits University with an undergraduate degree majoring in acting in 1987. He then pursued a Masters degree in Theater Directing at Columbia University in the United States.
In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting at the seventh annual SA Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)